Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Serving 2014 On A Silver Platter

Hey guys!

I'm just quickly popping in here to show you what I'm actually wearing on this last day of 2013. As someone who is not big on neither Christmas nor New Year's, I prefer to keep things simple during those holidays. Not on my nails though!

May 2014 be your year.

Monday, December 30, 2013

[nail art] New Year's Eve? Again? Already?

Hey guys!

We're reaching the end of 2013, and thus I present to you a very simple nail art. More explanations further down, let's see it first!

The base is Barry M "Navy", the silver stripes were done with essie "No Place Like Chrome". I tried to also do stripes with Navy, but it wasn't as opaque as I thought, so that looks a little weird. I think I prefer the accent nail in plain silver - or chrome, if you insist. I was inspired to try this by Lucy, who never ceases to amaze me with her creations - plus I'm kinda jealous of her perfect nails. I guess you could also see this as a bit of a spin on the waterfall design by Sammy.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

[nail art] not exactly a tree, but close enough (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey guys!

This week's theme for our wonderful series is fir green. And because I was in the mood to experiment a little, have a nail art thing that isn't quite a tree.

Two coats of Catrice "Hugo Moss" as base. The triangle is done with tape and nubar "Verde", which isn't so much verde really rather than gold. But I liked the look, and I hope you do too! Top coat smoothed everything out - including a few messed-up spots. Just to be 100% clear, I didn't come up with this design - it's on Pinterest in at least a million variations, and that's where I got the idea.

A belated merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates mainly on the 24th, and of course a merry Christmas to everyone celebrating today or later as well. I hope you're having a good time with loved ones.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Secret Santa

Hey guys!

End of November Lena had a glorious idea - a nail polish Secret Santa! Of course I had to join in on the fun. Each participant should send out five polishes they don't want to keep in their collection. There was pretty much only one rule: The polishes must not have any actual defects - they're just colors/finishes/formulas/etc., that you don't personally like. So today I wanna show you what I got!

Of course I read the card first. Look at that pretty tape! It's holographic! But now let's see what was in that bubble wrap...

My Secret Santa was so generous as to give me six polishes! Left to right, top to bottom: Max Factor - Intense Plum and Silver, LCN - Bold Bordeaux and Kosmetik Kosmo - Drachenzunge, essence - night in vegas and L'Oréal - Luxembourggarden

And here's a quick swatch of them (no top coat), except for Luxembourggarden, which I already owned. Two coats for all except Silver, and then I also put night in vegas over them, just to show the effect. I also already own night in vegas, but I'm really excited to have a backup of it!

All in all I wanna say a big thanks to Jessie, my (not so) Secret Santa! I - and that was surprising even for me - like all the polishes you sent me, and I'm especially thrilled about night in vegas, since I LOVE this topper. Thank you so much! Also I wanna give kudos to Lena for organizing this thing, I can imagine it was a lot to manage. I'm definitely looking forward to round two, which will be around March - maybe it'll be a Secret Easter Bunny? Though I think Easter is quite a bit later. Anyway, a big thanks to both of you! ♥

Friday, December 20, 2013

[Swatch] Catrice Limited Edition Feathers & Pearls - Running Wild

Hey guys!

I wanted to show this to you before it leaves stores again - I saw the articles from this LE reduced last week already so yeah, here's me panicking and trying to show you stuff in time.

Two coats with top coat. I kinda like it, but also don't really. The silver flecks are hardly visible in my opinion, I'd like it better if they were more obvious.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

[Swatch] butter London - Pitter Patter (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey guys!

I'm not gonna go over my continued absence again, so let's just jump to the fun part, shall we? This week's theme is purple! Aaah, my favorite color. I just love it. And while I was pondering what polish to use I remembered a fairly recent purchase that fit the bill wonderfully, so here it is.

Two coats with top coat. I can't say that this is unique to my collection, but I also can't say that it's not a color I buy again and again. Pretty purples just get me every time, especially the ones with shimmer.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

[Swatch] essence - redvolution (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey guys!

I feel bad for not posting as much lately. It seems I've lost my blogging mojo. I hope I can get it back soon... In the meantime, let's look at this week's color together - bright red!

Two coats, with top coat. It's not quite as orange as it looks here, but it's definitely bright and orange-y. I got this in a DM Box more than a year ago and didn't like it initially, but came to enjoy the brightness of it soon after.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

[Swatch] essence - hard to resist (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey guys!

This week's theme is navy blue, and I have quite the beauty to show you, so let's get to it!

One coat, with top coat. Yep, ladies and gentlemen: This is a one-coater. I have to say that I applied a slightly thicker coat than I normally do. Why? Because I saw the potential of this polish to be a one-coater, so I left more polish on my brush than usual. This is beautiful, why haven't I worn it so far? I also (accidentally) bought a million of it, because it got kicked out of the product range and was on sale. I have three or four bottles of it now...

Monday, December 2, 2013

[Swatch] Rival de Loop Limited Edition perfect style - Perfect Pinky and Perfect Glamour

Hey guys!

I'm sorry I haven't posted as much as I "should have" last week, I've just not been feeling blogging much lately. Anyway, remember this? Today I'd like to show you the other two polishes in the LE, so let's get right into it!

Perfect Pinky

This is gold sparkle in a pink-berry-ish base. Really sheer. You'll need at least three or four coats, I can't quite recall how many I had on here. Shown with top coat.

Perfect Glamour

I would say this is a burned gold or an olive green with coppery flecks in it. Very interesting. Once again, you need three or four coats to get to the opacity you can see in the photos. Again, this is with top coat.

I quite like Perfect Glamour, whereas I'm not much into Perfect Pinky. Also, the fact that these are so incredibly sheer makes them kind of a fail for me.